Tony clocks off after fifty years
Tony Payton a member of the Ticket Office staff at National Express East Anglia’s (NXEA) Ely Station, Cambridgeshire, is retiring after over 50 years of service to the railway.
Tony has had a remarkable career in the rail industry which began in August 1959, firstly at Littleport, quickly followed by a move to the Parcels Office at Ely. In 1962 he commenced duty in the Ticket Office at Ely station where he remained for the rest of his career.
Speaking of Tony’s achievements NXEA Ely Area Manager Alan Neville said:
“Tony’s loyalty to the railway is inspiring. He is a real character and a much-loved member of the Ely station team, who will be sorely missed. Throughout his career Tony has consistently given the very best customer service. His knowledge is unequalled and he is a well known character at the station and within the city, providing help and assistance to tens of thousands of customers. Tony’s dedication has been greatly appreciated by staff and customers alike, many of whom have passed on their best wishes to him.”
On Friday 13 November 2009, colleagues and friends held a special presentation for Tony at Ely station, where he was given a vintage photograph of Ely station, signed by the station team; a photograph of his favourite ballet dancer Darcey Bussell and a piece of railway memorabilia (a vintage ticket machine). A poster has also been on display at the station detailing Tony’s impressive career and achievements. A plaque celebrating Tony’s service to the railway is also to be put up at Ely station.
Tony lives in Ely; he is a great fan of the ballet and an enthusiastic ‘Friend of Covent Garden’. He will enjoy having more free time in which to watch the Royal Ballet perform. Tony likes musicals too and has made many visits to see his favourite, The Sound of Music. Tony also looks forward to taking steam rail tours around the country during his retirement.